One fact is becoming clear in the HDTV market; 1080p wins. It wins for a number of reasons, some good and some not so good. One of the weaker reasons is that many consumers shop by comparing specifications; 1080p has more pixels than 720p and more must be better, so 1080p wins. A more solid reason is that the 1080i broadcast content should look better on 1080p than 720p, as it does not require image scaling, so there should be no visible scaling artifacts. And for some technologies, 1080p costs little or no more than 720p. Rear projection is one area where 1080p is taking over rapidly.
You don’t need to look any further than Mitsubishi’s newly-announced line of DLP rear projection HDTVs. All nine models have 1080p resolution. The 733 Series comes in three sizes: the 57″ WD-57733 ($2,499), 65″ WD-65733 ($2,999), and 73″ WD-73733 ($4,699). They feature a six-color light engine and three HDMI 1.3 inputs. The 734 Series comes in the same sizes add dynamic contrast within the image and a front HDMI connector: 57″ WD-57734 ($2,799), the 65″ WD-65734 (no price yet), and the 73″ WD-73734 (no price yet).
The Diamond Series is the top of the line, adding 3D support, FireWire (IEEE 1394), and an RS-232C serial port connector: 57″ WD-57833 ($3,399), the 65″ WD-65833 ($3,999), and the 73″ WD-73833 ($5,899).
Confused about which technology is right for you? The answer is inProfessor Poor’s Guide to Buying HDTV, now available in paperback from Amazon or other fine booksellers.